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* Gonzalo Erausquin Shot By Contra Costa County Sheriff’s After Trying Run Them Over Had Charges Filed

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Prosecutors have charged a 50-year-old Oakland man with two counts of attempted murder for allegedly trying to run over two Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies in Pacheco earlier this week, according to court records. Gonzalo Erausquin, who was shot by deputies in the Monday morning incident, has also been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, according to court records.The incident began at about 2:23 a.m. when an alarm company notified the sheriff’s dispatch center that three people had been seen in the yard of a tire distribution warehouse at 4575 Pacheco Blvd. in unincorporated Contra Costa County, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Capt. Daniel Terry said Monday.When deputies arrived, they allegedly saw Erausquin in the yard and ordered him to stop, Terry said.Erausquin ran from the deputies and they chased him into an adjacent parking lot, where he got into a large box truck, Terry said. Investigators later discovered that the truck had been reported stolen out of Walnut Creek on Dec. 1.As Erausquin started the truck, one deputy jumped onto the running board to attempt to stop him, Terry said.Erausquin allegedly accelerated rapidly, throwing the deputy from the truck, and then accelerated again in the direction of the deputy,allegedly attempting to run him over, Terry said.”The deputy, in fear of his life, fired several shots at the vehicle,” Terry said.Meanwhile, a second deputy had blocked the parking lot’s exit with his patrol car.Erausquin allegedly accelerated toward the patrol car, smashed into it and pushed it 100 to 150 feet across Pacheco Boulevard into a hillside, temporarily pinning the deputy inside the vehicle, Terry said.He then backed up and fled.The deputy was able to free himself and began chasing the truck on foot. As the deputy ran alongside the truck, Erausquin allegedly swerved toward him in an attempt to run him over and the deputy fired several shots at him, Terry said.Erausquin then drove away, but a Martinez police officer spotted him a short time later in the 200 block of Central Avenue, about a mile from
the tire warehouse, and arrested him without further incident, Terry said.He had been hit several times by the deputies’ gunfire and was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for treatment, Terry said. He has since been released from the hospital and is being held without bail at the Martinez Detention Facility, a county jail official said.Deputies later found that a vehicle in the yard of the tire warehouse had been broken into, Terry said.The deputy who was in the patrol car Erausquin allegedly rammed into suffered minor injuries. The other deputy was not hurt.

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